Murtaza Javed Abbasi, the Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, has announced the formation of a commission to connect Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan via railway track.
During question hour in the National Assembly (NA), Murtaza Javed Abbasi made the comment. For the rail track project, he said, a Pakistan-Afghan commission has been constituted.
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“A railway track to Mazar-i-Sharif already exists in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, and building on another railway track from Mazar-i-Sharif to Torkham will begin soon.”
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique claimed in his written response to the Main Line-1 (ML-1) railway link that the project was halted due to the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan.
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In December 2021, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan agreed to restart the rail project. Uzbekistan had shared a revised project blueprint, and an inter-ministerial meeting had been convened to finalise the agreement.
The draught roadmap was shared with Afghanistan and Uzbekistan after the scrutiny process was completed. It has been revealed that development work on the train project would resume in June 2022, in accordance with the new roadmap.